I am fairly new to Lani Lynn Vale, but since I read my first book of hers I have had her as one of my go to, one click authors and I'm slowly making my way through her library. Hissy Fit hit my TBR but it wasn't on my priority list since she has so many amazing sounding books to read. But when I was offered the opportunity to get my hands on an audible copy I jumped at it.

Normally I am not a huge audiobook listener as I find it hard to concentrate with toddlers running around. But having a weekend away with hubby I got to spend the day in bed listening to this and it was awesome. 

Firstly I want to say that the narrator's were perfect. Their voices were great. Being Aussie sometimes the accents can be a little jarring or distracting but these voices worked beautifully for me. 

Now in regards to the actual story. It wasn't my favourite. Which could be in part due to my expectations from the books I have read. But I found it a little boring. I was expecting the drama to be more dramatic so when it happened I was all "oh is that it?" I was expecting more.

Raleigh was a sweetheart and I liked her from the start but Ezra didn't really do it for me. He wasn't alpha enough and I never felt like he gave enough consideration to Raleigh. If I didn't get his point of view I probably would have hated him. But luckily his point of view proved how much he loved her he just didn't show it as much as I want in a book boyfriend. 

Raleigh needed to be a little more assertive. If someone else had their hands on my husband and he didn't back the hell away fast his arse had better be groveling and it better never happen again. Especially if he has had his penis previously in this same person. And said person is a bitch to me to boot and he doesn't give her even a gentle verbal slap down just nope. 

The only saving grace for Ezra really was him saying she deserved more from him but geez if your aware of that issue throw in some action. Although to his defense I think he was just oblivious and I really felt that he didn’t see anything but Raleigh after he finally noticed her.

So maybe it's just that I have high expectations for the men in my books. And that's what I expected from Lani Lynn Vale. The full, growling, possessive, protective alpha male. And Ezra wasn't that but I loved Raleigh so much I wanted that for her.

All that said I did enjoy my six hours listening to the lovely voices of the narrator's. And having it in dual point of view meant that although Ezra wasn't what I wanted him to be I couldn't hate him because he did love Raleigh. And he knew how beautiful she was. So I think this maybe more a me issue than a book issue.  





Title: Mr. Big Ego
Series: Dirty South #3
Author: Kat Addams
Genre: Billionaire Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 21, 2020



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Finding love in The Big Easy is a gamble … especially when he’s your new boss.

Event planner Samantha Masson had sworn off alpha men after a nasty divorce. The last thing she was looking for was a man with an ego bigger than his bank account. Too bad that was exactly what she found when she spent a wild night in the arms of a masked stranger.

Planning a Halloween masquerade gala for the infamous Victor Beaumont made a nice addition to her reputable portfolio. She just hadn’t planned on becoming a notch on his bedpost … or falling for him in the process.

But there was more to the man behind the mask …

Millionaire Victor Beaumont owned the largest rum distillery in New Orleans. He had power, wealth, and all that came with it, including the crushing weight of responsibility.
He would gladly walk away from everything for a chance to be his own man, but tradition wouldn’t allow it … and neither would his pride.

As a skilled actor, he had everyone fooled with his arrogance and charming wit. Until he met the infuriatingly talented and beautiful Samantha, who saw right through him. From rendezvous to romance, he couldn’t keep his hands off of her.

To keep her, he would have to take his mask off once and for all …







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Kat Addams is a forever twenty-nine-year-old fashionista following her lifelong dream of writing contemporary romance inspired by the exotic men she meets in her worldly travels. At least, that’s what she would like for you to think. She’s certainly not a stay-at-home mom indulging in excessive daydreaming, frozen pizzas, an unhealthy addiction to purchasing pajamas, and one too many cocktails on the regular. That’s some other romance author. The poor thing probably has to sneak away upstairs to write her dirty stories! What would her family think? Thankfully, that’s not Kat!


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Title: The Perfect Pitch
Series: Indianapolis Lightning #1
Author: Samantha Lind
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2020



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Derek

The sound of the gavel crashing down, 
Has my life flashing before my eyes. 

Learning to play ball. 
Falling in love, 
Marrying an incredible woman and starting a family
Becoming a starting pitcher for the Indianapolis Lightning. 

Everything I ever wanted... Until I struck out

The same success that gave me the life I dreamed of, 
Took it all away. 
I'd do anything for a second chance, 
Even throw the perfect pitch. 

Jillian 

A signature on a piece of paper...
It binds you to someone, or it can tear them away. 

It broke my heart to file the papers. 
Gutted me to sign them. 
But this isn't the life I envisioned.
Tired of competing to be his number one priority,
I had to walk away from the man I loved.
I needed to be strong for our girls, for me.

Life goes on.
People can change. 
Now he wants a second chance. 
But can I forgive the man who threw it all away, and trust that he won’t do it again? 







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Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey (Go Knights Go!), and listening to country music.


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I can’t borrow him.

He’s not a sweater or a skirt.


He’s not even her favorite dress—the lucky one she wears on first dates. The one she probably wore on her first date with him.



In my defense, I didn’t know who he was. To me, he was a cool, calm, confident stranger. He was perfection for the entire hour and a half train ride while the concrete jungle turned into a rolling green landscape.



To an outsider, we probably appeared more friends than hopeful lovers. But my blush came quickly, and his dimples indented with every smile. We definitely shared a spark of what could be. 



Too bad I didn’t know who he was before I fell for him, because he can’t be mine.



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Do you ever read books that just slightly don't work for you but you try to justify it to yourself because you like the author? This was one of those books for me. I wanted to like it and I tried to justify the characters behaviours I didn't like but in the end I just had to give it up.

I liked Blanca ………. for a while. She was this strong, independent young lady who quit the job she hated to chase her dreams. She reconnected with a childhood friend and was living the life she wanted. Then she just annoyed me with her weak choices when it came to Ethan. 

The first meeting between Blanca and Ethan was great and I felt the instant attraction. But I wanted him to be less wishy washy. Because omg did he run hot and cold worse than a teenage girl and I wanted my own set of rusty scissors. He drove me nuts and Blanca was just too accommodating for a woman with a backbone.

But all that said, it's Piper Rayne and the writing was good. The next book is so well set up and I am really excited to read it. This one just wasn't the one for me.





Title: Long Lost
Author: Cora Brent
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Wicked by Design
Release Date: March 11, 2020



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We should have been enemies from the beginning.
But we were children when we met and children tend to ignore such rules.
Even if the rules exist for a reason.
Because Jonathan came from a family of savage killers.
While I was born into the broken aftermath of their victims.
For one short season we were inseparable.
All it took was one terrible day to turn us into strangers.
I’ve spent a long time chasing him from my mind.
And I assumed he was gone forever.
Until he shows up here.
So far from where we started and so changed from the friend I once knew.
The gentle boy I loved has grown into a volatile man with dangerous secrets and a different name.
He won’t admit to who he is.
Or where he comes form.
Or who we are to each other.
And I knew I shouldn’t have provoked him.
I knew I shouldn’t have touched him.
Most of all I knew I shouldn’t have offered him my heart.
Yes, Jonathan and I were born to be enemies.
And maybe that’s how our story will end after all…







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Cora Brent was born in a cold climate and escaped as soon as it was legally possible. Now, she lives in the desert with her husband, two kids and a prickly pear cactus she has affectionately named ‘Spot’. Cora’s closet is filled with boxes of unfinished stories that date back her 1980’s childhood and all her life she has dreamed of being an author. Amazingly, she is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of contemporary romance and begs not to be awakened from this dream.


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Title: Breathless
A Texas Nights Series Standalone
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: February 18, 2020




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Joey

I wouldn’t say I ran away exactly—twenty-two is too old for that.

I’d call it self-preservation.

I have one objective: protect my heart from the boy next door who has no clue I’ve loved him my whole life, even with a front row seat to his revolving bedroom door.

My escape plan almost worked.

Except I left one thing behind.

Logan Carter hijacked my heart, and now it’s time to get it back. This time for good.


Logan

I wouldn’t say I’ve been lying this whole time—not about everything.

Not about how much I miss my best friend, and definitely not about how pissed I am that she left with hardly a goodbye.

She’s the last person I ever expected to ghost me, and her absence left a gaping hole in my chest.

When Joey Grayson steps off that bus, I know I’ll do anything to keep her home, and that means finding out the truth.

But I’m not sure how to tell her my truths when I’m living so many lies.







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Lex Martin is the USA Today bestselling author of the Texas Nights series (Reckless/Shameless) and the Dearest series. She writes contemporary romances, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. A former high school English teacher and freelance journalist, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in her hometown of San Antonio with her husband and twin daughters.


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I adore Lex Martin. Her writing style just hits every single one of my buttons. So every time she has a new release I can't read anything for the days leading up to the book being in my grabby little hands because I am so fixated on reading her words.

However my biggest issue is my goldfish brain. So every book is like a standalone for me. I vaguely remember the story and characters from each book but I forget the secondary characters. So I couldn't remember who Logan and Joey were. But this isn't an issue because as soon as I started reading I was caught up in all things them and their lives.

Joey was so perfect. Words can't even begin to describe her character. I always worry about these kinds of friends to lovers books where the h has been in love and pining for the H and he has been sleeping with everything with a pulse. But with Lex writing it, it doesn't matter.  The heroine isn't going to be a doormat and the hero is going to pull out all the stops and that's exactly what I love about it.

Joey had loved Logan forever but she had self respect and a backbone. She knew she deserved more than she thought he was capable of giving her and she packed up and left. And she didn't come home for him or even plan on staying there even once their relationship started.

But of course Logan knew what he was missing when Joey left so he had no intentions of letting her leave again. Now as the blurb said Logan is drowning in secrets and honestly I guessed what it was immediately and I spent most of the book waiting to see how they would come out and tear his life apart. And although I get why he felt he needed to keep it all secret I wanted to slap him for being so stupid.

Naturally once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. I loved every second of the story and I think I need to plan a complete series re-read. There is a link for a novella at the end of this which I have downloaded and ready to go as my incentive to write this review so I'm off.






Title: The Wrong/Right Man
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: RBA Designs
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Release Date: March 3, 2020



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Waking up to a text asking why you stood up your blind date is not the best way to start the day, especially when the man in question is standing half dressed in your kitchen.

Maybe Dakota Newton shouldn’t have assumed the gorgeous man with a devastating smile standing outside the coffee shop was her date. She probably— Okay, she definitely shouldn’t have slept with him, regardless of how hot the chemistry between them was. But how could she know Mr. Right was actually Mr. Wrong?

Braxton Adams has been called a few things in his life, but a liar was never one of them. That all changes when he’s approached by a beautiful woman who thinks he’s there to meet her for a date.

As a businessman, Brax knows to trust his gut and never let an opportunity pass him by, so he pretends to be someone he’s not.

Maybe he shouldn’t have lied. Maybe he should have come clean. But in the end, it doesn’t matter, because now he has to prove he’s not the wrong man but the right one.

So what if he’s not the man she’s expecting? She’s the one he’s been waiting for.







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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose wildly popular series include Until, Until Him, Until Her, Underground Kings and Shooting Stars.

Her writing career started in an attempt to get the outrageously alpha men who resided in her head to leave her alone and has blossomed into an opportunity to share her stories with readers all over the world.


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